Thanks to Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner, I have a year end survey. I always love doing this, and taking the chance to look back at my year of reading. So, shall we? (All answers as of December 27th.)
2018 READING STATS
Number Of Books You Read: 120
Number of Re-Reads: 10 (and that’s a lot for me)
Genre You Read The Most From: (would you believe) Contemporary (it edged out Historical by only one book)
BEST IN BOOKS
1. Best Book You Read In 2018?
Fantasy: A Tyranny of Queens by Foz Meadows
Sci-Fi: An Ancient Peace by Tanya Huff
Steampunk: Chainbreaker by Tara Sim
Historical: A Gentleman Never Keeps Score by Cat Sebastian
Contemporary: The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
Urban Fantasy: Hexslayer by Jordan L. Hawk
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli. I ‘liked’ it so much that I didn’t even finish it. It was just bad. Leah was…quite terrible. So, yeah…
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
I’m going to go with a good way, considering the last one was a bad way, and I don’t really want to go into that again. So I’m going to go with The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich because I hadn’t heard anything very good about it, but I wound up kind of loving the book.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Sadly, I don’t tend to push books at people. I need to get back to doing that. Hopefully I’ll start making more noise about my books next year and start pushing more books at more people.
5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?
Series starter: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Sequel: Siege of Shadows by Sarah Raughley
Series Ender: The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars: Part 3
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?
Angel Martinez. While I’ve found several good new to me authors this year, Martinez wins this for the simple fact that I’ve read seven of her books. Considering I’d never read any of her books prior to this year, that’s kind of awesome.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
…I’m not really sure that any book is out of my comfort zone any more. At least, not the ones that I’m likely to actually read. Because usually in this instance I’d search out a contemporary book – but considering that this year I’ve read the most contemporary books and…well.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
This is interesting. Kind of a toss up between two books that I feel I read quickly and that I enjoyed reading. Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale and The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. Both vastly different, but both so readable.
9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Chainbreaker by Tara Sim, simply because I’ll be rereading the first two books in the series before I read the third. And, if I don’t get a move on, Siege of Shadows by Sarah Raughley because I already have the third and haven’t gotten around to it yet and I want to reread the first two before I read the third one there, too. (As I’ve found out that, often, I cannot really remember the books if it’s been close to a year since I read them and trying to read the sequel without remembering the previous ones…Not the best plan.)
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?
So many awesome covers this year, you get two. Enjoy the pretty. (And love the new Percy Jackson covers!)
11. Most memorable character of 2018?
I’m going to go with Genevieve Lefoux from Romancing the Inventor by Gail Carriger. Of course, I was already crushing on her before I read this book, but she is totally awesome.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?
*shifty eyes* I’m pretty sure I’ve not said any book was ‘beautifully’ written this year. Usually when I comment on the writing style, it’s to complain about it. Because, to me, the narration of a book is supposed to be in the background. It’s not supposed to take center stage, and usually if a book is ‘beautifully’ written, they mean that it does just that.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. Even though I will say loudly and to anyone that brings this book up that I did not like it – at all – I will admit that it brought several very interesting questions about gender and sexuality and society. It, of course, was purely inadvertent or they refused to actually delve into the thoughts, but there were questions. (If they hadn’t wanted to take the most whitewashed, sanitized way out of every one of them.)
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read?
Blood Price by Tanya Huff. Okay, on one hand I can believe that it took me this long, because it’s not totally my thing. On the other hand, it’s by one of my favorite authors and that should immediately move it to the top of any TBR pile.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?
“Life is too complicated for ‘it’s always this’ or ‘it’s always that.’ It’s usually ‘it’s this, unless it’s that, and sometimes it’s not even any of those things, and by the way this part explodes.” – Vasiht’h from Dreamstorm by M.C.A. Hogarth
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?
Shortest at 27 pages is Leo Tops Aries by Anyta Sunday. Longest at 522 pages is The Painter Knight by Fiona Patton. Interesting to note is that the average length of my books worked out to 235 pages per book.
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Zenith by Arshad Ahsanuddin has a very, very twist-y time travel-y plot. That is totally awesome and it only missed being my favorite sci-fi of the year by a hair. But, really, go into the book knowing little and it’ll be awesome! (Even knowing as much as I did, it was awesome, but I’m not learning anything about the sequel until I read it, so that should be fun.)
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Korra/Asami from The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars. I mean, there are plenty of good ones. (Like John/Thornby or Hartley/Sam or Bianca/Alexandra or Amber/her love interest as I don’t want to totally give it away, but he’s awesome!) But even with all those couples, I’m fully aboard the Korrasami ship and that’s where I’m staying. Side note: my brother’s with me there. 😉
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Bianca and Daisy from A Hole in the World by Sophie Robbins are like the best pair of girl friends ever, so they get mentioned and for awesome siblings, Monty and Felicity from A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. I also have to give mention to the one knocked up girl and the one street boy that Hartley takes in and befriends in the most awesome found family I’ve read this year in A Gentleman Never Keeps Score by Cat Sebastian.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
I don’t know that Mindtouch by M.C.A. Hogarth is actually my favorite in the series, because I love all the books so much, it is the first one and a absolutely delightful read. By this point, I need to remember to put her on my favorite authors list, because her books are such a delight.
21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:
Not SOLELY, because no matter how much a book is shoved at me, if it’s not my type, I won’t read it, but the major reason I read Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee was because I kept coming across it on recommendation lists for books that had racial and sexual diversity.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?
I…have a bit of a thing for Shuos Jedao from Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Le.
23. Best 2018 debut you read?
A lot of people compare Lee Welch’s Salt Magic, Skin Magic debut to K.J. Charles, but because I kind of can’t stand her books, a much more favorable comparison to me is Jordan L. Hawk. But, in any case, this was a very fun book.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Runebinder by Alex R. Kahler. Just, the world building here…it was awesome.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Recipe for Magic by Agatha Bird. This was such a fun, cute little novella set at a magic school and it was just so fun.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?
Ugh. The aforementioned The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich. All four of the full length novels in M.C.A. Hogarth’s The Dreamhealers. Weeping. Nose stuffed up, eyes dripping on my glasses so I couldn’t read, weeping. Yeah.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Just everything I’ve read by E.E. Ottoman. His books are cute and fun and, except for some typos in this last one, very well written.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
…Well, you see, I have to have a soul in the first place for it to get crushed.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?
The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang. And I still haven’t read the companion novel yet. I just liked this one too much and am afraid I won’t like the other one half as much.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
In this case it does mean I didn’t like it. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho. It was supposed to be this progressive fantasy and instead it read like the nastiest imaginable from like the ’30’s. It was racist, homophobic, sexist… ‘Oh, but Amy, it was satire.’ Yeah? Really?
Well, on that note, folks…I’ll see you all next year!